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1silence/ˈsaɪləns/noun
pluralsilences
1silence
/ˈsaɪləns/
noun
pluralsilences
Learner's definition of SILENCE  
[noncount] : a lack of sound or noise
: quiet
: a situation, state, or period of time in which people do not talk
[noncount]
[count]
: a situation or state in which someone does not talk about or answer questions about something
[noncount]
[singular]
— see also conspiracy of silence

deafening silence

— see deafening

silence is golden

— used to say that it is often better to remain silent than to speak
2silence/ˈsaɪləns/verb
silencessilencedsilencing
2silence
/ˈsaɪləns/
verb
silencessilencedsilencing
Learner's definition of SILENCE  
[+ object]
: to cause (someone or something) to stop speaking or making noise: to cause (someone or something) to become silent
: to stop (someone) from expressing opinions that are opposed to your own or from telling people about bad things that you have done
   b : to stop (something) from being expressed or revealed
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